COVID’19 Testing Has Now Become a Challenge For Greece

COVID'19 test a challenge in Greece
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EKEA, the national blood center of Greece, has the privilege of being the main testing center for coronavirus. EKEA notifies all the hospitals in the country that they are unable to perform the molecular testing of COVID’19.On account of the scarcity of the reagent due to their illogical use.

Massive Testing of COVID’19 Is Impossible

On 1st September, the national blood donation center announced that they are no longer conducting COVID’19 tests. On account of the unreasonable use of the testing supply of reagents rises. 

The EKEA receives and conducts testing of samples of coronavirus victims in public hospitals from across the country. 

 In this prevailing state, doctors at Athen and Piraeus Hospital displayed their dismay regarding the whole situation collaboratively.

According to the Hospital doctors there was a delay in conducting tests of a large number, however many were still to be performed. It delays the examination of the results and diagnosis of diseases. It severely affects those patients who need surgery on an urgent basis and must be tested for COVID’19 first.

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The association of hospital doctors does not approve mass testing and regards it as a shame. Ilias Sioras is secretary-general of hospital doctors. He, while speaking to news website explained that they cannot accept numerous samples within such a short time. Furthermore, he reported that the EKEA does not have enough equipment, reagents and staff to conduct testing on a large scale. 

Many new cases of COVID’19 occur across Greece. Recent records show a total of 223 new coronavirus diagnoses, among which four patients died. The total number of cases reported of  coronavirus is 10,757. Adding to that, the death count reaches 273.

Even COVID’19 Can’t Stop The Blame Game

According to the opposition politician, the New Democracy government (EPP) has seriously damaged public health. Government officials blamed the recurrence of cases on youth. It is because of the increase in the number of young patients. Government officials have asked that the youngsters be held responsible.

But the opposition does not agree to it and reports that the government is covering their faults by blaming youth. According to the opposition, the government failed to design a concrete plan for the second wave of coronavirus. They are opening Greece up to tourists without any attempts to control the second wave of pandemics. 

 Piotr Kramarz, Deputy Chief Scientist at the European Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). He reported that the re-emergence of coronavirus occurred at a domestic level and was not due to tourism or traveling. In an interview with EURACTIV last month, Piotr stated that the rise in cases observed now is due to the irresponsible behavior of the people who felt relaxed. And also those who didn’t follow precautionary measures and consider that the pandemic is over. 

Economic downfall by COVID

Greece has shown much better performance regarding health issues during pandemics. But the prevailing situation has affected the economy badly. The Hellenic Statistical Authority announces that the GDP fell by 15.2% in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year.

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The main reason for the fall in the country’s economy was the lockdown. This lockdown severely affected the tourist industry of Greece. Klaas Knott, president of the Dutch central bank, highlighted the need to take far-reaching austerity measures.  

In order to improve the economy, the government needs to control its spending. Along with that, there is a need to find ways to earn profits. Last month EURACTIV reported that the government has €37 billion cash reserves. But later EURATIVE came to know that the government’s cash reserves were around €37 billion till the end of December 2019 but at the end of March were around €34 billion.

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Sophia Oliver

The author is a nutrition and dietician graduate who works as a health freelance content writer and as well as a copy editor. Along with other novels, Sophia has also published about many health-related technologies, advancements, and physical fitness. Being an all-rounder makes her stand out in the line.

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